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Whilst every adult at Thorpe Lea Primary is responsible for supporting children's spoken, reading and written skills; Miss McRae is our English Subject Leader. Miss McRae has taught at Thorpe Lea Primary for seven years now across our Foundation Stage and Key Stage One classes therefore has a thorough understanding of early reading and phonics. Miss McRae, alongside her English role, is our Deputy Headteacher, Designated Safeguarding Lead and SENCO.

 

At Thorpe Lea Primary, our English curriculum is planned in line with the National Curriculum which aims to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

 

  • read easily, fluently and with a good understanding 
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information 
  • acquire a wide vocabulary
  • an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage 
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences 
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas 
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

 

At Thorpe Lea, we aim to ensure that all children foster a love of reading and writing. To do this, we teach English through dedicated 'English' lessons across the school which focuses on a Key Text approach. In addition, our children are continuously developing their English skills across other areas of the curriculum.

 

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Key Text Approach

 

Please find below the Key Texts each year group are studying across the year.

 

 

Year One

 

 

Autumn (1)

Autumn (2)

Autumn (3)

Autumn (4)

Spring (1)

Spring (2)

Spring (3)

Spring (4)

Summer (1)

Summer (2)

Summer (3)

Summer (4)

 

Where the Wild Things Are

By Maurice Sendak

Cave Baby

By Julia Donaldson

Send For a Superhero

By Michael Rosen

Stanley’s Stick

By John Hegley

Lost and Found

By Oliver Jefferies

Sidney, Stella and the Moon

By Emma Yarlett

Beegu

By Alexis Deacon

The Odd Egg

By Emily Gravett

I Want My Hat Back

By John Klassen

The Magic Bed

By John Burmingham

Naughty Bus

By Jan Oke

Pig the Pug

By Jo Williamson

 

Oral re-telling, developing a new character, own version narrative

 

Labels and captions, informal letters, narratives (own versions), retellings

Wanted posters, letters, emails, character descriptions, narrative (own version)

Retelling, narrative (own version), descriptions

Character Descriptions, Retellings, Non-chronological Reports, Narrative (Own Versions)

Moon fact files and simple information writing

Nonsense-Word Dictionary, Poems and Poetic Sentences

Diary entry, letter, certificate, Egg Spotter’s Guide (non-fiction report)

Narrative (sequel)

Fantasy story where children are transported to another world

Letters, sequels, non-chronological reports, narrative (own versions)

Shared poem, own version narrative, own version handbook

 

Year Two

 

 

Autumn (1)

Autumn (2)

Autumn (3)

Autumn (4)

Spring (1)

Spring (2)

Spring (3)

Spring (4)

Summer (1)

Summer (2)

Summer (3)

Summer (4)

 

The Bear under the stairs

By Helen Cooper

 

The Journey Home

By Frann Preston-Gannon

The Great Fire of London

By Emma Adams

 

Wolves

By Emily Gravett

 

A Walk in London

By Salvorte Rubbino

 

The Minpins By Roald Dahl

 

The Dragon Machine By Helen Ward

 

Tadpole’s Promise

By Jeanne WIllis

 

House Help Up Trees

By Ted Kooser

 

Jim and the Beanstalk

By Raymond Briggs

 

Rosie Revere, Engineer

By Andrea Beatty

 

The Owl and the Pussycat

By Edward Lear

 

 

Letter of advice, writing in role, news-report, information poster and own version narrative

Posters, lists, short story, information report

Non- fiction text incorporating different text-types, including a guide to London buildings (non-chronological report), a poster and a diary entry in role.

Non-chronological reports (leaflets), character descriptions

Tourist guides

Setting description, character description, reports, retellings, fantasy narrative

Dragon guide and encyclopedia, dragon machine explanation, letter of advice, shopping list, description, letters in role

Explanation texts, narrative (own version), setting descriptions

Descriptive non-fiction. life-cycles, seed packets, journalistic writing

Narrative (Sequels and Retellings), Dialogue, Informal Letters

Explanation, report, advert, leaflet

Poetry, lists, letters, interviews

 

Year Three

 

 

Autumn (1)

Autumn (2)

Autumn (3)

Autumn (4)

Spring (1)

Spring (2)

Spring (3)

Spring (4)

Summer (1)

Summer (2)

Summer (3)

Summer (4)

 

Leon and the Place Between

By Angela McAllister and Grahame Baker-Smith

The First Drawing

By Mordicai Gerstein

 

The Heart and the Bottle

By Oliver Jeffers

 

The BFG

By Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake

 

The Tear Thief

By Carol Ann Duffy and Nicoletta Ceccoli

 

Cloud Tea Monkeys

By Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham

 

The Pied Piper

By Brothers Grimm and Lisbeth Zwerger

 

The Tin Forest

By Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson

 

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick

By Chris Van Allsberg

 

Flotsam

By David Wienser

 

The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish

By Neil Gaiman

Jim, A Cautionary Tale

By Hilaire Belloc and Mini Grey

 

 

Narrative (Fantasy), Recount (Diary Entry) Setting Descriptions

Character description, diary entry, recount, narrative

Narrative (dilemma stories), character descriptions

Narrative - own version (fantasy), recount (diary entry), character descriptions, instructions (recipes)

Letter in role, shared poem, information poster, discussion

Descriptive passage, ‘how to’ guide, letter, discussion, nonchronological report

Information reports, adverts, narrative and analysis of a piece of poetry

Various non-fiction outcomes

Mystery stories, diary entries, dialogue, setting description (atmospheric description), captions and titles

Narrative (mystery stories), setting descriptions, narrative (retelling), non-Chronological reports, letters (informal)

Script for a pilot TV show

Narrative poetry (cautionary tales), performance poetry

 

Year Four

 

 

Autumn (1)

Autumn (2)

Autumn (3)

Autumn (4)

Spring (1)

Spring (2)

Spring (3)

Spring (4)

Summer (1)

Summer (2)

Summer (3)

Summer (4)

 

The Iron Man

By Ted Hughes

Varmints

By Helen Ward

 

FaRther

By Graeme Smith

 

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

By C S Lewis

Winter's Child

By Angela McAllister

 

The Selfish Giant

By Oscar Wilde

 

The Lion and the Unicorn By Shirley Hughes

 

Odd and the Frost Giants

By Neil Gaiman

 

The Matchbox Diary

By Paul Fleischman

 

Shakelton's Journey

By William Grill

 

The Story of Tutankhamun

By Patricia Cleveland-Peck

 

Jabberwocky

By Lewis Carroll

 

 

Narrative suspense

Explanation text (leaflet), retellings, setting description

Sequel, retellings, recounts (postcards), explanation texts

Narrative set in another world, a poem about a sweet that bewitches the main character, an imaginary conversation between two characters and writing in role

Descriptive Poetry, Fantasy Story Sequel, Recount

Diaries, letters, posters, reports, own versions (narratives)

Letters, diary entries, character and setting descriptions, nonchronological reports, historical narrative

Explanations, narrative recount, setting descriptions

Dialogue, diary entry, retelling (oral dictation), mini-autobiography, ship’s log, non-chronological report

Interviews, Diaries, Letters, Newspaper report

 

 

Biography, non-chronological reports, instructions, diary entry, newspaper reports and posters

Nonsense and narrative poetry, explanatory descriptions

 

Year Five

 

 

Autumn (1)

Autumn (2)

Autumn (3)

Autumn (4)

Spring (1)

Spring (2)

Spring (3)

Spring (4)

Summer (1)

Summer (2)

Summer (3)

Summer (4)

 

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

By Mordicai Gerstein

Robot Girl By Malorie Blackman and Matthew Griffin

 

Percy Jackson

By Rick Riordan

 

Unspoken

By Henry Cole

 

The Lost Thing

By Shaun Tan

 

The Tempest

By William Shakespeare, Helen Street and Charly Cheung

 

The Lost Happy Endings By Carol Ann Duffy and Jane Ray

The Sleeper and the Spindle

By Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell

Kaspar, Prince of Cats

By Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman

Otto, Autobiography of a Teddy-bear

By Tomi Ungerer

 

Hidden Figures

By Margot Lee Shetterly 

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda By Tom Angelberger

 

Information writing (Wikipedia page), letters of advice (formal) persuasive speeches

 

Discussion, debate, science fiction narrative

Poetry in the form of an ode, narrative (additional chapter and own-version narrative)

Biography, recount in role, letters of advice

Character and setting descriptions, non-chronological reports, narrative (fantasy)

Setting description, character descriptions/comparisons, diary entry, play scripts

 

A newspaper report, an extended response to a text, prequel

Fairytale reworking warning poster, diary entry, dialogue, estate agent’s description, character description, missing narrative.

Character descriptions, reports, newspaper report, letters

Newspaper article, historical short story

Non-chronological Reports, formal persuasive letter, informal letter, diary entry, character descriptions, newspaper report (opinion piece), memoir

Discussion texts, persuasion, recount (diary entry), instructions

 

Year Six

 

 

Autumn (1)

Autumn (2)

Autumn (3)

Autumn (4)

Spring (1)

Spring (2)

Spring (3)

Spring (4)

Summer (1)

Summer (2)

Summer (3)

Summer (4)

 

Can We Save the Tiger?

By Martin Jenkins and Vicky White

Grimm Tales for Young and Old

By Phillip Pullman

 

The Arrival By Shaun Tan

 

The Templeton Twins: Have an Idea

By Ellis Weiner

The Boy in the Tower

By Polly Ho-Yen

 

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

By Brian Selznick

The Three Little Pigs Project

By The Guardian

 

The Promise

By Nicola Davies and Laura Davies

 

Romeo and Juliet

By William Shakespeare, Helen Street and Charly Cheung

A Beautiful Lie By Irfan Master

 

Ann Frank

 

Night Mail By W H Auden and GPO Film Unit

 

 

Letter, explanation, persuasive poster, persuasive speech, balanced argument

 

 

New ‘Grimm’ tale

Letters, list of rules, character descriptions, a longer story built around a man’s journey to another country, diaries, short play scripts, short report, guides

An adventure story that has: a problem and resolution; paragraphs and/or chapters with adverbials to signal time,
sequence or place;

Journalistic Writing, Formal Letters, a Longer narrative in present and past tense

Diary entry, report, journalistic writing, letters, commands

Discussion, debate, persuasion

Sequel and report

Diaries, letters, narratives, playscripts, character descriptions, balanced argument

Narrative (Adventure), Journalistic Writing, Recounts, Discussion text

Extended diary entries, obituary, newspaper article

Analysis of form and structure, innovated version with similar form and structure but different content

 

 

 

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